The Truth Message – Part – 3.1
An Introduction to Prophet Muhammad (saw)
Bismi-llahi r-rahmani r-rahim
[In The Name Of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Ever Merciful]
Prophet: Muhammad Mustafa (saw)
Area: Mecca, Arabia
Timeline: About 1400 years ago (August 570 AD)
Book / Law: Qur’an / Koran / Coran
Believers are called Muslims
Talking of this prophet gives me a High! It’s an honor to speak about him.
In the court of the possessor of all glory, the best of all humans –
With deepest humility & infinite reverence,
I, A servant of yours humbly proclaims…
O occupier of the highest stations:
Upon you be peace, Upon you be blessings–
Numerous in count, Matchless in manner.
A saying of the Prophet Muhammad explains Allah’s words:
Had I not created thee I would have created neither heaven nor earth.”
Muhammad was a Prophet, as pointed out in Hadith, even before Adam:
I was a Prophet when Adam was yet in (the initial stage) between water and mud.”
The Holy Prophet himself (pbuh) said:
If Moses and Jesus were alive today, they would have had to believe in me and follow me.'[Tafsir Ibn-i-Kasir, vol. 2, p. 246.]
Prophet Mohammad Mustafa (May Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) is referred to as Nabi-e-Kareem (Chief of Prophets), Khatamul Ambiya (Leader of the elect), Khatamul Mursileen, (Pride of the Prophets), the Siraj-ul-Muneer, the Rahmatul-Lil-Alameen (Mercy for all Mankind), and by many other titles too which describe his status and praise.
As Mohammad’s prophethood excelled all matters in every term he is called the ‘Seal of Prophets’ (Khataman Nabiyyeen). Praise of the Holy Prophet (saw) is in fact beyond description.
In the Holy Qur’an the advent of our Holy Prophet, on whom be the peace and blessings of Allah, has been described as the coming of Truth (Ch.17:V.82), whereby Satan (or falsehood), with all his hosts, was put to flight and his teachings were brought into contempt, and he suffered a great defeat.
Allah, the Almighty calls him by name [Muhammad] four times in the Quran.
Apart from that HE is referred to as a prophet, messenger, servant of God (‘abd), announcer (bashir) [Quran 2:120], witness (shahid), bearer of good tidings (mubashhir), warner (nathir) in [Quran 33:46], bearer of good tidings (mubashhir), warner (nathir) again in [Quran 11:3], admonisher (mudhakkir) in [Quran 88:22], one who calls [unto God] (da‘i) in [Quran 12:109], Rasool (messenger), light personified (noor) [Quran 05:16], etc.
The Holy Prophet is sometimes addressed by designations deriving from his state at the time of the address: HE is referred to as the enwrapped (al-muzzammil) in Quran 73:2 and the shrouded (al-muddaththir) in Quran 74:2, coming of Truth (Ch.17:V.82), etc.
An Introduction to the Man Muhammad (pbuh):
The name Muhammad literally means ‘The much praised’.
Prophet Mohammad (saw) was higher than all the other Prophets in the purity of his soul, the expansion of his mind, his chastity, modesty, sincerity, trust, fidelity and love of the Divine.
Due to his upright character, Even before his prophethood, the Man Muhammad had acquired the name “El-Ameen” meaning “The Faithful, The Trustworthy” and “al-Sadiq” meaning “truthful”.
God, the Glorious, anointed him with the perfume of special excellence in excess than any other Prophet.
His bosom and heart which were broader and holier and more innocent and brighter and more loving than of any other, were considered worthy that such Divine revelation should descend upon him as should be stronger and more perfect, higher and just complete, than the revelation which was vouchsafed to all those who were before him and all those who were to come after him, and which should serve as a clear, wide large mirror for reflecting Divine attributes.
HE combines in himself all the diverse guidance & abilities of all other Prophets put together.
Let’s see what the Almighty has to say about this greatly blessed perfect Prophet:
God has in the Torah praised the meekness of Moses (as) as He has not praised any other Prophet in Israel, it is true, however, the high moral qualities of the Holy Prophet (saw) that are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an are a thousand or more times exalted than those of Moses (as).
God has said that the Holy Prophet (saw) combined in his person all the high moral qualities which were found in the different Prophets and said with regard to him:
Thou dost, surely, possess sublime moral excellences. (Ch.68:V.5)
This is also indicated in another verse: …and great is Allah’s grace on thee. (Ch.4:V.114)
Meaning that God has bestowed His grace upon the Holy Prophet in the largest measure and no other Prophet can be equal in rank with Him.
There are many more verses present in the Holy Quran, the Holy Bible, the Holy Gita, the Torah, etc which prove his superiority amongst all the 124,000 prophets (Read them here).
His praise is mentioned in Psalms as:
‘Therefore, God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.’ (Psalms, 45:7)
Allah, the Almighty on Mohammad (saw) in the Holy Qur’an
[Chapter 21:108] And We have not sent thee but as a mercy for all peoples.
God says to Mohammad: Proclaim! ‘O mankind, truly I am Allah’s Messenger to you all’… (Ch.7:V.159)
Blessed is He Who has sent thee so that thou shouldst be a Warner for all peoples. (Ch.25:V.2)
[5: 68] O Messenger! Convey to the people what has been revealed to thee from thy Lord; …And ALLAH will protect thee from men. Surely ALLAH guides not the disbelieving people.
[Chapter 33:41] Muhammad is … the Messenger of ALLAH, and the seal of the Prophets and ALLAH has full knowledge of all things.
[Chapter 33:46] O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a Witness, and a Bearer of glad tidings, and a Warner,
[Chapter 48:29] He it is Who has sent His Messenger, with guidance and the true Religion that He may cause it to prevail over all other religions. And sufficient is Allah as a Witness.
[3:33] Say, ‘Obey Allah and the Messenger;’ but if they turn away, then remember that Allah loves not the disbelievers.
[33:48] And announce to the believers the glad tidings that they will have great bounty from ALLAH.
[7:159] Say, `O mankind, truly I am a Messenger to you all from ALLAH to Whom belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. There is no god but HE. HE gives life and HE causes death. So believe in ALLAH and HIS Messenger, the Ummi Prophet, who believes in ALLAH and HIS words; and follow him that you may be rightly guided.’
[34:29] And WE have not sent thee but as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner for all mankind, but most men know not.
[Chapter 33:57] Allah sends down His blessings on the Prophet (Mohammad) and, His angels pray for him. O ye who believe! You too should invoke His blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace.
Qur’an explaining the importance of following Prophet Muhammad (saw)
[Chapter 33:22] Verily you have in the Prophet of Allah an excellent model, for him who hopes to meet Allah and the Last Day and who remembers Allah much.
[Chapter 33:47] And as a Summoner unto Allah by His command, and as a light-giving Lamp that gives bright light.
[3:32] Say `If you love ALLAH, follow me; then will ALLAH love you and forgive you your sins.’ And ALLAH is Most Forgiving and Merciful.
[33:41] Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of ALLAH, and the seal of the Prophets and ALLAH has full knowledge of all things.
[9:128] Surely, a Messenger has come unto you from among yourselves; grievous to him is that you should fall into trouble; he is ardently desirous of your welfare; and to the believers he is compassionate, merciful.
[13:12] For him (the Messenger) is a succession of angels before him and behind him; they guard him by the command of Allah. Surely, Allah changes not the condition of a people until they change that which is in their hearts. And when Allah wishes to punish a people, there is no repelling it, nor have they any helper beside Him.
[48:30] Muhammad is the Messenger of ALLAH. And those who are with him are hard against the disbelievers but tender among themselves. Thou seest them bowing and prostrating themselves in Prayer, seeking ALLAH’s grace and pleasure. Their marks are upon their faces, being the traces of prostrations. This is their description in the Torah. And their description in the Gospel is like unto a seed-produce that sends forth its sprout, then makes it strong; it then becomes stout, and stands firm on its stem, delighting the sowers – That HE may cause the disbelievers to boil with rage at the sight of them. ALLAH has promised, unto those of them, who believe and do good works, forgiveness and a great reward.
These were only a few; there are indeed many more, but if I start then this ‘Message’ will never end, so I will stop.
Praise for the Praise-worthy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
The Promised Messiah (Maseeh-e-Maood) & Imam Mahdi Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian says :
Following the Prophethood of Muhammad (saw) is the easiest route through which one can reach God. Obedience to it wins greater gifts of Divine love and Divine communion than ever before.” [The Will]
At another place he said:
That light of high degree that was bestowed on perfect man was not in angels, was not in stars, was not in the moon, was not in the sun, was not in the oceans and the rivers, was not in rubies, emeralds, sapphires, or pearls; in short, it was not in any earthly or heavenly object. It was only in perfect man whose highest and loftiest and most perfect example was our lord and master, the Chief of the Prophets, the Chief of all living ones, Muhammad (saw).
That light was bestowed on this man and, according to their ranks, upon all those who bore the same colour to some degree…. This dignity was found in its highest and most perfect form in our lord and master and our guide, the immaculate Prophet, the righteous one, testified to by the righteous, Muhammad (saw), the chosen one. (Aina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 5, pp. 160-162)
The Holy Prophet (saw) was the leader of all the Prophets and had a higher status than all the Messengers, and God desired that as by his personal qualities he was the best of all the Prophets; so from the point of view of his overt services, he might be proclaimed to the world as better and higher than all people and prophets that ever lived on this planet.
That is Allah’s grace; He bestows it on whom He pleases; and Allah is the Lord of immense Grace. (Ch.62:V.5) (Malfuzat, Vol.II, p.174)
Nowhere in the pages of history do we find a single person, except the Holy Prophet of Islam, setting examples to follow in all walks of life. Volumes can be written about his nature, wisdom, disposition and character. He had leadership duties of both spiritual and temporal kinds but still he was not far away from his fellow human beings. With all kinds of responsibilities he was shouldering, he never lost touch of a keen sense of humor. There was such sweetness in his person that no one, once in his presence, could leave him. In his presence all forgot their grief and pain. (From: A description of the Holy Prophet at age forty-five by Hadrath Ali, as quoted in Al-Tabari by Abu Jaffar Muhammad)
He was the handsomest and the bravest, the brightest faced and the most generous of men. It was as though the sunlight beamed in his countenance. (From: Life of Muhammad by Sir William Muir).
If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and outstanding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad? (Alphonse de Lamartine)
Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may ask, is there any man greater than he? (Lamartine, History of Turkey, p. 276).
The more one reflects on the history of Muhammad and of early Islam, the more one is amazed at the vastness of his achievement. Circumstances presented him with an opportunity such as few men have had, but the man was fully matched with the hour. Had it not been for his gifts as seer, statesman, and administrator and, behind these his trust in God and firm belief that God had sent him, a notable chapter in the history of mankind would have remained unwritten (W. Montgomery Watt, Muhammad at Medina, p. 336).
The Holy Qur’an:
Muhammad (saw) was a Law bearing Prophet. He was not a novelty in this regard, as there had been such prophets before him, for instance Moses, who was a bringer of law too and again he (Moses) was one of the Prophet through whom God had foretold the advent of another Law bearing Prophet like unto him (Deuteronomy 18:18). He was directed to proclaim: ‘I am no innovation among Messengers’ (46:10).
The Law book bought by His Holiness Prophet Muhammad (saw) – The Holy Quran:
The Holy Qur’an possesses such high excellences that the brightness of all previous books is cast into the shade before its brilliant rays. Every other book was particularly sent to suit the times of its coming, but this book is to remain till the end of times as ‘therein are lasting commandments’.
Qur’an is the final law for the people of this planet—No other book will ever come again!
No mind can put forth a verity which is not already contained in this mighty book and no reason can present any argument which is not already presented in it. No speech can affect the hearts so powerfully as the (strong and full of blessings) affect it produces upon millions of hearts. Undoubtedly it is a clear mirror reflecting the perfect attributes of the Divine in which all is found that is needed by a seeker to arrive at the highest grades of understanding. (Words of the Promised Prophet, Surmah Chashm Arya, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 2, pp.71-72, footnote)
The Holy Quran is replete with wisdom and insights and does not contain any portion of babble or frivolous. It explains every necessary detail and provides for all human needs. It is a miracle from every aspect.
Whole of the Quran, are the exact words of the Lord himself (the one, the almighty) which were verbally revealed to this greatly blessed prophet by the Angel Gabriel in a period of approximately 23 years.
Before the advent of the Prophet Muhammad Al-Mustafa (saw), the status of women was deplorable. Through his teachings, their status was uplifted to an extremely venerable place in the society. This is attributed to the Holy Prophet (saw), as we read in the Qur’an: …And they (the women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them in equity. (Ch.2:V.229) — Perhaps no other book gives equal rights to woman to that of man.
The Qur’an is the last divine scripture for mankind & final Truth. It is the final revealed Book or the guidance for humanity, and is intended for all peoples and all times. Its laws are of universal and permanent character and they admit of no change or amendment. The Qur’an itself lays claim, in no ambiguous terms, to being the final and most perfect code of revealed laws.
The Holy Prophet (saw)’s revelation (after the completion of Qur’an) says: …This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as religion… (Ch.5:V.4)
This prophet showed miracles which astounded the world …which we’ll discuss in comparison with the others soon.
Let me tell you that the Kalma* (statement of Muslim faith) also mentions this great prophet; Islam the religion of Muslims demands faith in all the prophets, however, no other prophet was mentioned in the Kalma because the ‘Leader of Prophets’ represented them all.
*Kalma: ‘There is no God except Allah and Mohammad (saw) is his prophet & Messenger.’
The Promised Messiah adds:
“I have been divinely taught that out of all the Prophets, the one who gave the perfect teaching, and the one who gave a teaching which had the highest degree of wisdom, and the preceptor of human excellences through the exemplary demonstration from his own life, is only one: our lord and master, Hadhrat Muhammad, the chosen one,sa.” [Arba’een, Roohaani Khazaa’in vol. 17, p. 345]
After this brief picture, let us know what prophets of the past told about him. Click to read: Muhammad in prophecies of Abraham, Jesus, Moses, Vedas, etc.